By Charles Warner
The Union Daily Times, S.C.
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Female business ownership is a priority with both the SBDC and the SBA. Women who are interested in entrepreneurship should check out the free programs that exist within these organizations. For example, both groups each offer a template for writing a business plan. They offer support in getting the idea on paper, even to the point of doing some typing and quite a bit of editing.
A local entrepreneur got some help making her dream of owning her own business come true through an organization dedicated to the successful development of small businesses.
In January, the “Southern Pearls and Charm” boutique opened at 839A Main Street, Buffalo. The boutique is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream of owner Brandy Childers. Childers described her business as “a ladies and children’s boutique” which offers customers “fashionable-looking, uniquely-looking, high-end clothing that we’ve made affordable for Union.”
On Friday, Southern Pearls and Charm received a visit from US Fifth District Rep. Mick Mulvaney who said he learned of the boutique through Facebook and the Small Business Development Center. Mulvaney said he visited the boutique because of his interest in small business, an interest that grew out of his own experience as a businessman, including starting a business. He said it has been 10 years since he last started a business and one of the reasons he visits new businesses like Southern Pearls and Charm is to learn about the changes and challenges of starting a business today.
During his visit to Southern Pearls and Charm, Mulvaney said he was impressed with the boutique and its potential. Mulvaney said he was impressed with Childers’ emphasis on investing in and developing an inventory that provides the public with lines of clothing and other items they can’t get elsewhere locally. He said he feels that if Childers can keep her merchandise competitive her boutique can be a success, pointing out that he sees great opportunities for it, especially on the Internet.